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Matson to contribute $251,000 in goods and services to Tonga

Matson ship "Kamokuiki" prepares to deliver goods to Tonga.
Courtesy Matson
Matson ship "Kamokuiki" prepares to deliver goods to Tonga.

The shipping company Matson will make special deliveries to Tonga to help relief efforts underway.

The company announced Monday it will contribute US$251,000 in goods and services toward disaster relief for the island nation – and scheduled a special voyage departing Auckland, New Zealand this week.

Its vessel Kamokuiki will depart from Auckland on Thursday and arrive at Nuku’alofa on Monday, Jan. 31.

Last week, Matson delivered the first ocean shipment of goods to Tonga since the eruption of the underwater volcano that caused a tsunami earlier this month.

Matson typically has a fortnightly service to Nuku’alofa from its South Pacific hub in Auckland. Its vessel Liloa II made its regularly scheduled port call at Nuku’alofa five days after the disaster struck, Matson said.

It is planning two additional extra-schedule relief voyages during the next three weeks.

Matson’s vessel Papa Mau will depart Auckland on Feb. 2, carrying regular cargo and relief goods destined for arrival on Feb. 7. The ship will make a second special voyage on Feb. 16.

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